Gary Cahill praises Chelsea team-mate and future defensive partner Kurt Zouma

Kurt Zouma

Gary Cahill is enjoying playing alongside Kurt Zouma for Chelsea.

Chelsea finished off their Champions League group stage in style yesterday, defeating Sporting Lisbon 3-1 at Stamford Bridge to further prove their credentials as rightful group winners and Champions League title contenders.

As Chelsea had already secured a spot in the next round, as group winners, the game was essentially a dead rubber for them.

Therefore Mourinho decided to chop and change things around a bit. He played the likes of Mohamed Salah, Andre Schurrle, Filipe Luis and Petr Cech - who have all struggled for first-team football this season, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek was given a game from the bench.

He also gave another start to French defender Kurt Zouma.

Signed from Saint-Etienne for €14.6 million in January, he joined up with Chelsea after staying at the Ligue 1 side on loan for the rest of the season.

At just 20-years-old he is certainly one for the future, with Gary Cahill and john Terry no spring chickens.

He stepped in yesterday in place of the captain Terry and impressed once again. Not only did he impress those off the pitch, but his central defensive partner Cahill had kind words to say about the youngster:

"I’ve played with Kurt a few times now and it has always gone well. I move over to the left side which changes the picture slightly in terms of my positioning and my outlook, but it doesn’t really change anything in what I’m doing as a defender.

"...When I play with JT he’s always on the left but I’ve had a few games there now when I’ve played with Kurt and it’s been fine. I thought he played well as did the rest of the squad.

"They [Chelsea's defenders last night] have all played in the Champions League, obviously Kurt less so but they have the experience of playing in different leagues in Europe and against opposition from around the continent. It’s great to work with these guys."

The fact remains that Chelsea are planning on Cahill and Zouma soon becoming the number one partnership at the back for The Blues, so this early exposure playing together is no doubt great experience going forward.

So it is good to hear Cahill is impressed with his future partner.

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